Mercury is stationing direct tomorrow, so the energy is shifting in a more positive direction after the back and forth experiences of the holiday season. We are heading into a Full Moon on Thursday January 12 at 22º Cancer 27′ very near transit Uranus implying some big surprises particularly having to do with financial issues in the USA — whether it is stocks, or, investments, or interest rates, or a little roller coaster ride with the markets. Again, these are the moments for having a few investment things up your sleeve that you’ve researched prior to these moments of opportunity.

Other possible surprises are in the housing market — generally this is a great time of year to find a bargain in real estate as it still is winter in the Northern Hemisphere and it is during the mid-school year where people really don’t want to move. Since the Sun continues in Capricorn until later this month and it triggers Uranus two days before the full moon on Tuesday January 10, and Mercury is finishing in that Galactic Center degree (27º to 29º Sagittarius) mentioned in earlier forecasts, finding the perfect property or opportunity may come faster than you think. It may come through a friend, someone who knows you are looking, or hearing about an opportunity at coffee.

Mercury enters the more conservative sign of Capricorn which is a perfect time to put together those budgets or concrete plans for the next year — this may seem boring, but this is the perfect time for doing this. This occurs as transit Venus aligns with Neptune later the same day offering a softer and perhaps more romantic weekend or get together with those with whom you couldn’t see during the fast-moving holiday season.

Mars, the planet of motivation, has been in the sign of Pisces since December 19 and last night crossed over Neptune, which should, over the course of the next few days feel as though a veil is lifted as Mars moves past dreamy Neptune. Anytime a slower planet conjuncts another slower planet, the weeks before feel as though something is coming, but one cannot put their finger on it. Once that alignment takes place (a conjunction) it operates likes a New Moon which is always the starting point of a cycle. An alignment of Mars and Neptune can often signify the moment that one wishes to align themselves with faith, inspiration, or an ideology. There is a lot of that going on around the world — some good and a lot very bad, depending upon the ideology.

I looked at three different locations for this alignment: London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. In London, the alignment took place in the third house of public transportation, railroad systems and various forms of communications. In New York, it took place in the fifth house of entertainment — remember the Big Ball in Times Square — as well as any public celebration facility and in the San Francisco Bay Area this occurs in the sixth house of public health issues (anybody get flu this season?), as well as unions, systems that run other systems, food services and food supply. Mars triggers some unforeseen changes in these areas — again some good and some bad, because shortly after this conjunction it heads towards Chiron in mid-January just before the inauguration.

However, the other implication of this alignment is inspirational, creative, and the capacity for tapping into a larger sphere of spiritual access like the annual world meditation that took place for several years on December 31 at different times around the world, considerably reducing crime in the weeks that followed. As human beings, we have choices as to which road to take — the higher or the lower. During this week as the new year begins — do your own private centering exercises — this sets the tone for a much more fruitful and satisfying year. Happy New Year and Blessings to all of us.

I am one of the presenters for the forecast for the new year at next Sunday’s meeting in San Francisco at the Women’s Center on Mission Street for San Francisco Astrological Society. One of three presenters, my co presenters are Jessica Shepherd and my old friend, Steve Pincus, who is a Uranian astrologer. Presentations are between 2 pm and 7 pm on Sunday January 8.

Each of us has 75 minutes in which to present. For more information on that event contact Ian Waisler, ianwaisler@gmail.com

This could feel like a ‘break out’ week as transit Jupiter opposes transit Uranus (like a full moon transit, where something must go). This gets triggered on Monday December 26, so if you are out and about on Boxing Day, do be careful with your driving as this can also be a skittish transit. Sometimes the markets swing back and forth on this extreme degree, providing moments of opportunity, but only if one is prepared to get in and get out at the very correct moment. Monday is also the day that Pallas Athena (goddess of wisdom, strategy and consult) finishes up in Aquarius preparing to enter the more mystical and intuitive sign of Pisces on Tuesday December 27 at 4:21 AM Pacific Time.

I watch these shifts of Pallas Athena (an asteroid and not a planet) because the other side of Pallas Athena, often unknown, is that she was a weaver. A weaver can weave fabrics, textiles, and stories so for the next few weeks as Pallas moves closer and closer to Neptune, be aware that some stories in the news media may not be the entire story. They may be woven to align with the media view. That idea along with the fact that Mercury is still retrograde bears watching and further examination before making decisions and achieving some sort of clarity.

The New Moon on Wednesday, December 28 at 7º Capricorn 59′ passed Mercury a few hours earlier and heads towards Pluto in the next day. Consider the following days as the ‘seed’ moment of something new or clarity regarding a direction but which requires one more insight or piece of information. That insight suddenly arrives via a friend, something you read, or hear as Uranus goes direct on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 20º Aries 33′ early that morning on the Pacific Coast. The reality that you need to know more education may be part of this process. Whatever the choice, the new direction is set in motion, but you may not see it for a few more weeks.

This is usually the week that we all head out for the holidays and begin pulling inwards since the Winter Solstice starts on December 21, 2016 at 2:44 AM Pacific Time (5:44 AM Eastern Time). This is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and a time for introspection and reassessment of our year and of our life. It is also the point of conception for the new year which begins at Spring Equinox in late March. It is important to mindfully review what we wish to accomplish in the next year and to set the plans in motion or at least think about the whys and the how’s of that process as we move into this season.

Making decisions could be delayed, however, as Mercury also begins its last retrograde of the year on Monday December 19 at 15º Capricorn at 2:55 AM Pacific Time (5:55 AM Eastern Time). I know that “Mercury Retrograde” often sends chills up many spines, but it isn’t supposed to. It is a time when we get the chance to review the plans we’ve been ‘thinking about’ in the last few weeks and finesse them so that when it goes direct, we have a new direction. Mercury goes direct on January 8 at 28º Sagittarius 50′, which is an intense degree of the zodiac and one, frankly, that is uncomfortable since it falls at the Galactic Center.

First a little about the Galactic Center, since that degree is ignited several times throughout the coming year. Saturn heads over that same degree in 2017 between February and June and then back again between November and December 2017. That is a lot of time – thus turmoil that brings change and new directions is the result. The Galactic Center is between 26º and 29º Sagittarius. Historically, when planets move through this degree, things speed up at a lightning pace — often difficult for the human mind to embrace. An example is in 1987 when several planets were traveling through that degree, we had a market crash, countries began to change shape (remember Glasnost in the late 1980s?), and technology emerged quite amazingly during that time-we moved from large clumsy cell phones to the tiny handheld phones of today. Things moved fast!

This is the nature of this degree, an almost manic energy, where the input coming in from every direction cannot be sorted properly and things fall where they may. Bottom line — it is a degree reflective of quicksilver change. So, when Mercury begins its retrograde on Monday, and heads towards that degree and going direct on January 8, the insights you receive to change will be there, but it takes an entire year of assimilation and adaptation for a new direction, so be patient and try to do something to ground yourself daily and stay in balance.

The USA chart has Sagittarius on the Ascendant (if you use the Sibley chart — July 4 1776 at 5:10 PM). Since the Sun has now moved out of the country’s 12th house of retreat, withdrawal and review and is now in the country’s first house, it is possible a more optimistic tone is with us. As the week begins we see the Sun and Uranus (the innovator) in a fabulous aspect with each other presenting opportunities for us from friends, associates, or colleagues. The Full Moon on Tuesday December 13 at 22 Gemini 26′ may bring some surprises as this full moon aligns with Saturn.

This suggests that though there are many choices and opportunities presenting themselves this week, that taking the time (Saturn) to pick and choose which are the more appropriate choices is suggested. You can’t do it all and when Uranus is involved in transits you want to do it all. Since the Moon quickly moves to Cancer on Thursday December 15, the choices this week may be about home improvement — or taking some of those holiday dollars and appropriating them towards a less glamorous, but more long term and useful repair or upgrade.

After a brief hiatus during Thanksgiving week, we are back. We just had a New Moon in Sagittarius last week which takes us to the first quarter Moon this week on Wednesday, December 7. This phase gets things done, particularly since the Sun is moving closer and closer to Saturn. There are two ways of looking at this aspect, it is an aspect that can make people abrupt or there might be a sudden change in a market. There is only so much time (Saturn) to get the necessary end of year items completed, thus the brevity of various demeanors. Realizing this helps and since Jupiter, which is good luck, is in a great aspect to Saturn at the same time, things get done.

Things feel lighter as Venus enters Aquarius on the morning of December 7 where it remains for about four weeks. With Mars, still in Aquarius and Venus heading towards a meeting with Mars, this suggests reconnecting with friends, community and even old loves as the weeks unfold. End of week the Sun and Jupiter are in an excellent relationship with each other taking many of us out of the doldrums of the last few weeks and providing a far more positive platform from which to operate.

Now that some of us have gotten some sleep after the ‘big surprise’ of 2016, and I have an opportunity to sort through my own thoughts regarding the USA election results, I thought I’d send out a newsletter with some of those ideas. Over the course of the next few months, they are sure to evolve, but my thoughts are compelled by the many emails I have been getting asking ‘what happened’? One of my clients wrote to me about the eclipse mentioned in my 2016 Cheat Sheet for August 18. It doesn’t show in the ephemeris, thus her question. First, the ephemeris, for those of you who don’t know what it is the book in which you find all the planetary movements. That August 18 full moon was so close to an eclipse ‘huge’ 🙂 that I ‘called’ it one. Usually about 87 to 90 days’ post eclipse (and this was the week that brought this home, as will the first week of December and the middle of December 2016, since there were two more eclipses following August 18), we see surprising moments in the news because now the shadow has lifted and we have peripheral vision.

The definition of an eclipse by astronomers is that there is temporary loss of light…how poetic, because they operate that way. They often shed psychological shadows as well as the visual shadow. That August 18 ‘sort of’ eclipse happened to be on President elect Trump’s axis of relationships with himself and with others and it was the first in a series that officially begins sometime next spring, and, which I believe will cause him to review his own shadow through the reflections of the others with whom he will find himself working and vice versa.

Currently I am in Florida and stayed up late watching the results and I found the perspective to be very interesting, because sometime around 1:30 am Eastern time, PBS people here interviewed their correspondent on the West Coast whose response was very different from many of the states whose results had already come in. If you look at the map, there was a lot of ‘red’ all the way out to the ‘blue’ states of the West. Secondly, the usual suspects that usually vote one way, voted in the opposite way — a topsy turvy result, which, I think, indicates that American politics are not dead, but instead are having a resurgence and rebirth, much as they did at the time of our Declaration of Independence in 1776, but more on that later.

I remembered something after the results came in. I had forgotten that on the last few elections going back to President George W. Bush, that the candidate who has the worst transits seems to win! Why wouldn’t they? This is not an easy job, doesn’t pay that much considering how much it takes out of you, and, is often, frustrating and divisive. President elect Trump had the world’s worst transits to his chart. The astrologers at a recent conference I attended, all said that he would lose when they saw ‘terrible’ transits to his chart. Secretary Clinton also had some rough spots, but, the question of her birth time was a constant problem and frankly, the hits to Trump’s chart were far worse (in my opinion) so, of course, everyone thought he would lose. Again: The ‘thing’ I forgot and will never forget going forward, was that in the past elections, all the individuals who were voted in – ALL had terrible hits by Saturn, who is the taskmaster of the zodiac, requiring long hours of organization accompanied by exhaustion, requiring high levels of focus and sacrifice. Frankly, I don’t know why anyone would want the job, but lest I digress, those tough transits were hitting the winners of the past. President George W. had it, President Obama had it, and now President elect Trump had them. So, what does this mean? And before we burn down our cities and emigrate to other countries, let’s do a little history lesson.

If you look at the chart of the United States of America, formed July 4, 1776, 5:10 PM (Sibley Chart), Philadelphia, PA, and you see where everything was transiting on election night, there it was — Saturn — the taskmaster sitting right at the Ascendant (moment of birth) on the USA chart. This happens only every thirty years for a two and a half year run and we are in the middle of this cycle. Saturn rising in the charge at is birth represents a turn towards a more moderate energy, more reserved, and is not an easy placement because it means there is a lot of responsibility, work and not a lot of pay back at least until the ‘work’ gets done that needs getting done. It suggests pulling something in — expenses, belts, waistlines, taking responsibility for citizens’ actions (mundane charts), working hard, and, hopefully, becoming a little less emotional over time to get a few things done. To give a more positive slant on what currently seems impossible, it suggests that once the revolts we are seeing across the country subside, the adrenaline wears out, that maybe we can get back to work and get the things that need getting done — get done. Saturn, too, represents builders and construction and the infrastructure is an issue for both sides or parties.

On a deeper level, this may be the USA moving from being a feisty adolescent to entering one of the adult phases of their lives, stop the infighting, learn good communication skills to get things done, and agree to disagree in order to get the things most important – done that need getting done — like infrastructure, finally resolving the issue of immigration by giving undocumented workers a path to citizenship by giving them work permits and allowing them to pay into the system while becoming citizens. These are ‘choices’ that we must make as a nation, because the USA, over the course of the next five to six years is having what we, in the astro-business call, the nation’s very first Pluto return!

Pluto takes about 247 to 250 years to return (Yup, you heard that right!) to the same position as it was in at birth. And it isn’t an easy return nor does it give us an easy approach. Five years to go…is nothing compared to some 240+ years where it has been traveling around the horoscope of the USA and for the last thirty some years has been traveling through the house of values and spending and assets in the USA chart, indicating a significant change in the nation’s values, approaches to those values, and the destruction of liquid assets, while transforming what is good into what is better. Pluto cuts deep into an infection to clean out all the parts that are infected and some of the surrounding areas of the infection so that it finally heals. As you can imagine, this is a very painful, but necessary process for healing deep wounds. Pluto can, however, heal the malignancies — in this case — in both parties — and change things.

So…a little about Pluto first. Pluto (which rules the sign of Scorpio) was the god in mythology who was the god of the Underworld. He was one of three brother/gods (Saturn Kronos) and Jupiter(Zeus) were the other two). Pluto’s job was taking the souls of those who died and housing them as they transformed. He had lots of rules and didn’t like being out of control, but the amazing thing about him was that if one survived their time in the Underworld and paid their ‘dues’, then they’d be returned to life but in a very different form and with a greater consciousness. Anyone surviving the Underworld came out markedly different. Enough said. It was a choice to be removed from the meat hooks in hell, one had to sacrifice something and it had to be something they truly believed they could not live without.

Think about that. Perhaps it was wealth or addictions or a relationship that they believed they could not live without, or, in more contemporary terms, a belief or belief system that is out of tune or out of step and one believes they cannot live without and are uncompromising about that or those beliefs. It was and is a choice and no one else’s. As Pluto reaches its return position, our country that is faced with making choices and those choices requires stepping out of fixed, concrete beliefs that need review. If we can do that — compromise — then we get the ‘gold’ that Pluto gave to those who had made the sacrifice of their old beliefs and returned to the world. If we can move out of fear, out of black or white thinking, out of fear, out of anger, out of distortion and/or believing the news stations or media that remains biased and holding one view, we can get things done. If we can, then fantastic, but if not, then it is on us.

Pluto is the planet (astrologers still think of it as a planet) of death and rebirth, resurrection after darkness, and in mundane terms is often seen in the charts of those who transform people (therapists), or properties (builders of infrastructure and buildings), or resources that are collaborative. It is also strong in the chart of those who have the capacity to transform consciousness as in the above-mentioned therapists or coaches or motivational speakers. Pluto is the planet of choice. We can, as Pluto returns, for the first time, to its place in the USA chart starting on February 2022 choose to transform our minds, our thoughts, our infrastructure, our attitudes, and our strengths as we move towards that return.

Pluto transits and returns are not easy. In fact, they are treacherous — but only so — if one refuses, absolutely refuses, to look at their own issues that must change which means we have to be vulnerable, which is one of the most terrifying things for most people and, particularly, for those with strong Scorpio or Pluto placements in their charts. It is interesting that the Scorpion is the only animal on earth that will kill itself by its own sting. Rather than feeling as though it is losing the battle, it destroys itself. Not a good choice, really, when the greater choice is to move beyond, to think outside the box, to try to find someplace in the middle — a big grey — rather than seeing things as black or white.

Not only will our future President, his cabinet, his party, as well as the other party and the people of this nation be faced with that choice — that choice of being conscious — but it is the only opportunity we have until the next return some 250+ years hence to make that happen. The last few years before a return (between now and 2022) are the time of reckoning, where each person, or country as in this case, must look at their values, their spending, their hidden gifts, skills and talents, often ignored and ignite change. Pluto in the USA chart is placed in the second house, which holds all the above.

When the colonists declared war on Mother England, they declared war for many reasons, but one of them was the issue of human rights. It was also a time of huge taxation to people who had been here in this country for several generations and who now had the opportunity to claim their new land as their own. The Declaration of Independence is about ‘for the people and of the people’. Frankly, this means everyone whether black, white, pink, green or, female, male, transgender, or confusedJ But there must be a ‘payment’ of some sort — an effort, the ability to contribute something back, either by working, or volunteering, or, giving something, and, most importantly, letting go of something that we believe we cannot live without.

You cannot get out of hell unless you are willing to sacrifice something. If you do that, then you are transformed, holding vast riches of what you never believed was possible. But you must make the choice to be conscious, to think, to see both sides, to compromise, to share ideas, to cultivate those things that you do not see but others do.

There is a greater order often unseen until later. Though many are thinking oh my God we are lost. Maybe not.

And in a much more positive note and in conclusion:

Positive News: The other thing I noticed about some of the transits for president elects along with the ‘tough’ hits was that Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and protection — key thing here is protection — was nicely aspecting other president elects as it was for Donald Trump two weeks ago. Along with that, the USA, has its own difficult Saturn at 14º Libra at the very top of the chart which is how the world sees us. And, now, with the good fortune that Jupiter bestows hitting that difficult planet and which only happens once every twelve years — it is possible that good things will come out of this — that new building, new perspectives, new organizations, a new career cycle (if you will) for the USA is upon us, but we still must do the work and rather than ‘judge’ -listen. Rather than violate — cooperate. And, most of all realize that this election has been one of the most involved elections in recent times. And this my friends is a good thing.

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Georgia presented an online workshop for the international online conference, Breaking Down the Borders, on Sunday November 20, 2016 on the topic of Electing Decent Business Charts! Soon available at website for direct download into your computer.

If you are interested in private sessions, Georgia is available for a few of these each week and the 2017 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is now available for download here.

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Monday, November 7 begins with a second quarter moon in Aquarius, the same Moon that the USA has in its Declaration of Independence chart. The weird thing about this is that on Tuesday, November 8, at 5:54 AM Pacific Time, which translates to 8:54 AM Eastern Time, is that the Moon then is what we call Void of Course until 1:45 PM Pacific Time and 4:45 PM Eastern Time. That is about a seven-hour gap where the Moon is out of whack, which often suggests nothing is happening. In addition, Mars, which is the motivating planet, is also Void of Course all day, until 9:51 PM Pacific Time when it enters Aquarius.

Is it at all possible that people will just decide not to show up, to vote? I can’t believe that. Or, is it possible that what seems like one result earlier in the day ends up being another result late into the night? Or, are certain ballots lost, does the power go out, do people not show up on time at polling places or do they get caught up in traffic jams keeping them from voting? Heck, when I see aspects like this I think they should definitely have an astrologer on board to help plan things, including maybe making this second Tuesday of November rule a bit more flexibleJ

I am trying to lighten things up. With last week’s forecast of that Saturn/Pluto solstice point operating, there could be so many more surprises by the end of this week after the election, since the end of the week going into the first of next week, happens to be the 90-day action period after the August 18 eclipse at 25º Aquarius on the USA Moon-ruling such things as women, food, security, real estate, and the general emotional temperament of the people.

These 90-day periods after the eclipse periods light up things that we sensed when the eclipse was directly hitting, but which aren’t usually seen clearly until the 90-day after period arrives. Much like the blind spot which suddenly becomes visible — this is what this week is about. Whatever the results, the markets may be affected over the course of the next six weeks, as we have two more periods of 90-day segments (which you can see in our 2016 cheat sheet and which are also indicated at our 2017 cheat sheet available at our website-forgive the plug!) Those other dates start around November 26 and then again on December 11, 2016.

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The week begins with Halloween on the 31st, or All Hallows Eve. Too bad for the children, since they really would love Halloween on a weekend! However, what is Halloween? Traditionally it is the Eve of All Saints’ Day. In the Latin culture, it is the Day of the Dead, people visit their loved ones’ graves, leave treats and cakes for the departed spirits, festoon Marigolds wherever possible and we see skulls placed here and there in a celebratory fashion. Whether you just go trick or treating, or, leave treats at the grave of loved ones, it is the part of the year to remember those that are departed, possibly helped us along the way, and maybe left too soon. Regardless, they left a big hole in our psyches with the passing. I don’t think this is something often done in the American culture, but I do think it is important to honor those we remember.

Honoring those departed is often relegated to days like Memorial Day or Veterans Day, but very rarely do we honor those same people in the season when the Sun passes through the sign of Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, who was the ruler of the unseen world. It is perhaps a better time in which to do this as we are getting closer and closer to Winter Solstice which is the coldest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, around December 21. It is also a really good time, particularly in the US, as we move closer and closer to next week’s election, to remember those who gave a lot for our democracy and the freedoms we so enjoy in our country. Remember the good things from the past, what those wise people did, how they often did so much without a lot of fanfare, or acknowledgement, or, comfort, or, support. They were people doing their duty without accolades, “for the people and by the people.”

Important moment to note this coming weekend: One of the major things of the week occurs near or on the weekend, when transit Saturn at 14º Sagittarius 49′ is in what we tech types call the solstice position or Antiscia to transiting Pluto at 15º Capricorn 19′. Keeping it simple, those two numbers add up to 30º – they are complementary points in the zodiac and Saturn/Pluto solstices act as though they are lined up in the sky like Saturn/Pluto conjunctions. They can herald a lifestyle change, a sudden transformation, even a compulsive obsessive energy. It is not comfortable. It is a concentration of power requiring kid gloves or there is a great backlash.

Since Saturn is about responsibility and is brutal if one avoids responsibility (the karmic backlash of non-responsibility), power plays can arise when Saturn is aligned with Pluto in this very rare moment. This occurs on the USA rising sign, this coming weekend which reflects our identity as a nation, the outlook of our people as a nation, the general health of a nation, and the health and well-being of the tax paying citizens. It’s time for the USA to move past our adolescent phase and become adults — and we will over the course of the next 5 to 7 years.

Starcycles 2017 Cheat Sheet is HERE!

The 2017 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is here! In addition to the useful graph of all the Retrogrades, Eclipses, and related shadow points, there’s a full page about this year’s upcoming planetary cycles.

Get yours today!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the upcoming alignment between pleasure seeking Venus and rule-oriented Saturn. Saturday, at 5:45 PM Pacific Time, they come together. This is also the day before the New Moon (new beginnings) at 7º Scorpio 44′ and this is very close to Mercury, the wheeler dealer planet of contracts and negotiations, as well as Neptune, which is what you’ve been envisioning. If you’ve shored up your courage as suggested earlier in the month, there is an opportunity to get what you want and, more precisely, need. You see the ‘light’ regarding this choice sometime in mid-week as Venus in Sagittarius (luck) and Jupiter (more luck) are in a great aspect to each other at 8:19 AM Pacific Time, Wednesday morning.

On Thursday, October 27, the Sun lines up with Mercury, which is very good for markets, but is also good because the two always remind me of a lightbulb going off in a cartoon. An idea, a concept, usually emerges within a few days after the conjunction. This occurs late on Friday, October 28, when Mars (planet of motivation pushes Uranus (the rebel) for a change and a new approach to an old way of doing things. This is also an aspect where you do have to watch your driving-so it is suggested that you watch anything that you drive in terms of its mechanics-bicycles, motorcycles, cars or trucks. Pay attention!

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Lots happens in the weeks between the full moon and the last quarter moon. This is what we call the disseminating moon period, where information that has been released is sorted out. Some is used and some isn’t. As the week begins, transit Venus is finishing in Scorpio on Monday, October 17. On Tuesday, Venus enters Sagittarius just a little after midnight Pacific Time. Venus in Sagittarius usually has a much lighter energy. It likes to experiment, travel, and tends towards the more exotic of tastes. This next few weeks may be a little more toned down than usual as Saturn (perceived limitation) is still in Sagittarius until the end of 2017.

Venus with Saturn suggests the issue of duty over pleasure, or working at something that gives you pleasure, but requires discipline and effort. Guided tours that keep tourists informed but also incorporate a sense of adventure is a perfect mix for these two. This is also a combo that asks us to look at our primary relationships. If corrections are due, sort them out by the time the aspect is official, around October 29-it is always best to be prepared.

This means that sometime around mid-week, when Mars and Pluto align, you have to make some choices, take a calculated risk, make a decision based on pros and cons, then act. It is not an easy aspect, but this is where your intuition is of great help on the same day and throughout the week. Too many times we ignore our intuition. We ignore the red flags that come up-which usually mean no. We also ignore the ‘butterflies’ in our stomachs that might signal something good because we let our heads get in the way of a decision.

With the Sun finishing its run in Libra and entering Scorpio on Saturday, October 22, at 4:46 PM Pacific Time, you are clearer about getting off the fence and going forward and making a decision. Sunday is when Jupiter, good luck, and the Moon are in a great aspect, taking you to the next week, just after the last quarter moon on Saturday, October 22. It is time to pack up the month and move forward as Monday sees Mercury entering Scorpio at 1:46 PM Pacific Time.

Starcycles 2017 Cheat Sheet is HERE!

The 2017 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is here! In addition to the useful graph of all the Retrogrades, Eclipses, and related shadow points, there’s a full page about this year’s upcoming planetary cycles.

Get yours today!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared one of Thomas Moore’s quotes from his book, Care of the Soul. I promised that I would share the second gem and here it is:

“The relationship between work and money carries so much fantasy that it is both a burden and an extraordinary opportunity. We may respond to feelings surrounding money either by shunning its power or by making it our only concern. An alternative is to enter into the particular fantasies that money gives us and see what messages they offer.” As you can see from Moore’s writings, he has a very fresh take on the idea of money and its idea as more of a fluid medium in which many things can take place with its right use. There are also different types of currency. One is emotional currency. Money certainly does help us achieve some of the things we want but it doesn’t just show up, it comes from honest and straightforward effort. Emotional currency comes from that same type of honest and straightforward effort as a return for good deeds.

We all remember our parents telling us, ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’. This warning was to not spend more than was earned, at least that is one of my memories. The question is, how does money grow? In a course I took many years ago with the Lambton Group, I learned a very valuable lesson about money. It didn’t matter how much you made, it was how you managed it. Like having a beautiful garden, but each year you keep back a few seeds from that garden so you have something with which to start a new garden the following year. You save money not having to purchase seeds and create the quality garden you want, which is the result of your excellent cultivation.

In this fascinating course, another valuable lesson was the information regarding asking for things, like deals and discounts, and building confidence or getting training in negotiation. Always ask because there is a 50/50 chance you will receive a yes! You will never know unless you ask. Money is really about value. We need to value ourselves, too. With all of these planets transiting Libra, the opposite sign of Aries, which has no problem thinking about itself, we should incorporate Aries’ ability to exhibit courage and ask as if they were the main character in the play!

This week I am presenting a workshop and a lecture at the 2016 ISAR conference at Costa Mesa, CA. Click here for more details. As the week comes to an end, on Friday October 15, we have a full moon at 23ºAries next to Uranus. So, this is a perfect opportunity to wake up (Uranus) and ask for something for yourself (Aries). This full moon is about inviting in Libra’s shadow, Aries, and stepping up with courage and purposefulness for something that is pioneering!