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.

Events:

  • Mercury shadow at 23º Taurus 34′

This week Mercury, the planet of communication, commerce, agreements, commerce, commodities just caught up to the place where it went retrograde on April 28. I have noticed that sometimes the markets change direction when it hits this return. However, with Mars still retrograde and Venus just lining up with restrictive Saturn, I think we may see more of the same old, same old. Perhaps a tone of seriousness or caution is part of this movement. Since Venus usually tends to be quite social in her expression, with Saturn on her back, those ‘social’ events may be more purposeful. They may have more of a serious task oriented tone. Saturn is duty and responsibility and Venus is social and relationship oriented. She is much faster than Saturn and since the ‘slow’ planets always win because they dig a heel into the part of the sky through which they travel, creative processes and ideas are possible, but they must have a viable plan.

Speaking your mind regarding something you’ve been saving because you weren’t sure how to express it is typical of these types of cycles. If you are ending a job, leaving a position, a relationship, carefully express yourself, discard judgment and the need to hurt someone or something that has hurt you. Not a good way to end things, really. Guard explosive language resulting from too much pent up emotion during this last Mercury retrograde season that began on April 28. Particularly pay attention to the 10th or 11th, since Mercury will reach the fixed star Algol, which has a tendency to freeze people into stone from its gaze! Algol relates to the snake headed goddess, Medusa, whom Pericles kills by having her gaze reflected into Athena’s shield. If a work situation is untenable and you want to ‘freeze’ others out — the suggestion is, that, ultimately, those people will do it to themselves.

Remember, what you say, you cannot take back, so think twice before exploding and allow yourself to come from the place of how ‘you’ are frustrated and ‘you’ aren’t clear which direction to take. If you approach challenges from that perspective, you will find a much meatier and useful response. It does require one to allow themselves to be vulnerable for a moment, but then, why not try something different and see what happens.

It is Memorial Weekend and the week that follows carries with it the promise of a new moon at 14º Gemini 53′ on Friday June 4. New Moons are the beginning of the planting cycles for crops and ideas. This is aligned with cautious Saturn in mid degrees of Sagittarius and still getting that race horse push from Jupiter. Frustration runs rampant as loose ends that get tied open the door to more loose ends. Anxiousness is in the wind. With lots of moveable energies (mutable signs like Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces) running in transit at the same time, it is hard to settle down, sleep, rest peacefully. There are five out of ten planetary bodies in mutable signs right now – the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mars, Neptune, Venus. That’s a lot of mental energy flying around. Meditation helps, long walks in fresh air help process these energies since many of them are in air and fire. That and closing down your technology a few hours before sleep really does help.

This is a good practice during the month of June (particularly since the next few weeks are 90-days after the March eclipses, bringing the challenging issues of March to a head). September, December and March enjoy that same exercise, too. Do we really need to keep the cell phones on at night, do we really need to keep referring to our cells every few minutes when visiting with a live body across the table from us? Think about it. This practice does much for your psyche, health and wellbeing.

Mutable energy is fractious. It brings in lots of ideas, thoughts, but gosh or gosh, where to start and how to get organized is not part of the equation. A piece of paper and/or an immediately available place where you write down those ideas flying through conversation is another great practice during this time. Just remember where you put them!

Events:

  • May 26: Jupiter square Saturn 13º Virgo versus 13º Sagittarius

There is an old saying about the markets that one must ‘go away in May’. There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of them is that the birthdate of the New York Stock Exchange is May 17 and around peoples’ ‘birthdays’ they usually pull back getting ready for the new year, or, the new cycle. With transit Saturn which limits (so we regroup) and in a very challenging aspect to transit Jupiter (normally an archetype that offers possibility and vision) on May 26, those ideas percolating for the last weeks may need a bit more finessing. Expansion is great, and, since Jupiter went direct in mid degrees of Virgo, the feeling is that it is a good time to move in a forward direction. What often happens if that when we move in a forward direction, we fail to take the less traveled road, failing to think of something bigger or outside the box of ordinary thought. I think this is where many of us find ourselves stuck — because of fear, or, security issues, or the if ‘I don’t do this, what will I do’? question.

A new vision, job, opportunity is possible and as Jupiter and Saturn find themselves in a 90º angle to each other — the possibilities are there, but they need to get organized, listed, tasked. What is the long term plan, is that idea you have going to have stop gaps in place for the future, is there a Plan B in place? Thinking ahead and continuing discussions regarding your plan require patience.

It seems as though nothing is getting settled, but by verbalizing ideas, then waiting, then thinking, you really are getting a lot more done than realized. With Mars still retrograde (Mars strategizes), the best laid plans appear blocked and that is really for the best in the end. When Mars stations to go forward on June 29, things start clicking into place about 10 days prior to that date. This week, however, is about asking the questions that no one dares to ask and then ‘put the pen down’ as we used to do in real estate when closing. Say nothing. Wait.

Events:

  • May 22: Mercury direct 14º Taurus 20′

At the end of this week, we have two major events. One is the Full Moon in Gemini and Sagittarius. Full Moons are always a cause for caution with all kinds of things, but since this one is ‘fairly’ close to retrograde Mars, I would say exercise caution in your deeds, actions, reactions and words. There is always a little edge with a Full Moon, and, in this case, as the Sun just shifts its energy to Gemini on Friday May 20 it lights up the next day with a very full and heated Moon. A fun packed weekend could be in store for most of us, particularly if there is a lot of chit chat and ideas to bat around. A good use of this full moon, particularly as Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, is also going direct on Sunday May 22, is to start nailing down some of those ideas or plans you had in mid-April that suddenly stopped. They didn’t, they just needed to ‘think’. Incubation is the first part of inspiration. Stopping to think, to look and explore other things is a great way to get the mind and heart back on point.

Events:

  • May 9: Jupiter goes direct at 13º Virgo 15′

This is a great week to go fishing. And I don’t mean just going fishing (although I really am going fishing!). Fishing can be fishing for ideas, fishing for news, fishing for opportunity, fishing for a new perspective on an old, outworn, but still a good idea. With transiting Venus in a wonderful aspect to transiting Jupiter (which just went direct on the 9th), if you ask, it is very likely that someone or something will bite. This positive energy sustains itself through Tuesday, Wednesday, and on Thursday the 12th, is the perfect time to ‘ask’ the question, ‘close’ the deal, ‘step up’ and take a little risk as Mercury (communications is in perfect aspect to Pluto, which is all about making choices).

As Jupiter stations direct on Sunday May 8, I will be attending my lovely niece’s wedding in the Chicago. That week I am doing business, seeing some clients and attending the National Hellenic Museum’s annual gala on the 14th of May. A little plug for the National Hellenic Museum — which is a delightful LEEDS, qualified building near the University of Illinois Circle campus and near Greek Town. It is a delightful section in Chicago that has some of the best Greek restaurants with mouthwatering Greek cuisine (I am, of course, impartial 🙂 ). The National Hellenic Museum, right across the street, is a wonderful place to visit with its many changing exhibits of Greek Culture, Greek Arts, and unusual events like the recent “Trial of Antigone”, where she was found ‘not guilty’ of treason by sitting judges. It is a very unusual facility with a wonderful library, archives, and a wonderful venue for all sorts of events with its living roof and lovely spaces.

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.

Events:

  • 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. 🙂

Events:

  • 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.

Events:

  • 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.