The Last Quarter Moon begins on Tuesday, January 13. Last Quarters are about breaking down the events of the last three weeks and putting them in perspective. Cleaning out quarters, desks, offices, spaces, and closets is a good way to approach a Last Quarter Moon. In addition, Mars the planet of motivation enters spiritual and creative Pisces on Monday. It remains in Pisces until about February 20th. As it continues on its journey it connects with Saturn on Wednesday, which really helps us focus more clearly on the matters at hand — which is always good when you have Pisces involved. A little strict or disciplined Saturn energy never hurt anyone.

This is particularly true since early next week Mars aligns with dreamy and sometimes spacy Neptune. In addition, we are getting ready for Mercury retrograde next week, so anything you can do to put your affairs in order this week is imperative. Anything hanging around that needs to be cleared, cleaned, fact checked, researched, or implemented is a good thing to put on your list for this week. Don’t ‘dilly dally’ as my beloved but very strict mother used to say when Saturdays came and it was housework day. Of course, as a little Pisces, a little dilly-dallying was necessary and as adults won’t hurt since Mars in Pisces is about looking at your artistic or creative options this week. Or, for that matter, your daily spiritual practice. Maybe it is time to start something like that! With Saturn supporting the discipline needed for this, you can’t lose.

We’ve just finished the sixth of seven hard challenges between Uranus (the planet of revolution, anarchy, awakening to another way of thinking, and change) and the planet Pluto (the planet embodying those things that we refuse to see, to recognize, and, then, of course, the flip side, which is planet of choice and power). A lot of individuals are saying that we are near the finish line but my view is we are just beginning. The changes we’ve pondered for a very long time (at least two years) are now upon us. Once unwilling to shift consciousness, awarenesses or even the way we live, everyone is closer to this reality as the New Year begins and as we race to the last alignment in mid-March 2015.

The bottom line is that everyone — not just those others that we often judge or criticize — but everyone is in a state of flux of rapid evolution that seems faster than our human systems can process. Life is no longer slow. It is fast and requiring the release of the encumbrances to which we are too attached. The slow release of attachments is slow. As humans, we still need to process things in an order that makes sense to each individual. Whatever pace you choose, it works as you move to the next phase of your life. This alignment–in play for almost three years — is about shedding. Shedding is not only about the shedding of things, but also judgments, criticisms, and calloused views. We can shed things, ideas, acquaintances that we’ve outgrown or whose values are now different than our own, and we can shed ideals, careers, locations. The list is endless. This year is about finding the path that works for each of us — and taking that path without doubt or remorse.

The question is — what is it that is filling up the space and keeping you from your next step?

For those of you who don’t know this, we don’t have a calendar anymore, but we do have a little astrological ‘cheat sheet’ that I’ve put together for the last two years. It contains a colorful page — graphic and color coded — showing the planetary movements for 2015 as well as a mini 2015 forecast(in general) and also a mini forecast for each sign of the zodiac. If you know your rising sign (or ascendant), you can read that, too. It is available at our website for $6.95 and you can directly download it into your computer.

This last weekend was a Full Moon and a pretty intense one at that, because it pierced the veil of the previous writing’s comments. It was a Full Moon in middle degrees of Cancer opposite the Sun in Capricorn. That is what Full Moons are, when the earth is in the middle (meaning ‘we the people’ are in the middle) of the pull between the Sun and the Moon. This particular phase was stressed by Uranus and continues to stress us throughout the week, so it is important to mark (in your heads) the changes you need to make that are crystal clear as a result of this action (you will know it when you see it), but do not react in an angry, cruel or explosive way. That is not the way.

One might feel like doing that because Pluto was also stressing the position of the Full Moon. Pluto takes no prisoners and exhibits a pretty dark response to stressful conditions if one doesn’t back off for a bit to review. Being angry or vindictive is not the path to take. Remember, though Pluto is the planet of the ‘shadow’ or the parts of ourselves that we refuse to look at, it is vindicated and empowered in each of our charts when we look at what part we honestly play in the dance of our relationships. It is also the planet of choice and choice equals power and power equals choice. So what other choices face you at the beginning of 2015 supported by the light of and gift of awareness this Full Moon brought to you? Pluto can be very strategic if we just give it some time to think. After all, what he really asks is that you remain conscious.

And, honestly, really, truly how many people are really conscious? No need to answer — just think about it!

Even though it is New Year’s and New Year’s Eve week, it could present additional challenges putting some of us over the top in terms of consumption and outlandish behaviors and indulgences. Though a quiet time in the markets, with Mars opposing Jupiter on Thursday and continuing through the weekend, it may not be a quiet time on the roads. Make sure to designate those drivers or have a backup plan just in case the ‘over the top’ types need a little help. :)

Some unexpected surprises — some somewhat challenging, and many good – show up on Saturday as the Sun and Uranus clash with each other, signifying the possibility of volatile exchanges between oneself and authority figures. As Saturday continues, the Sun aligns with Pluto. Push comes to shove and power plays may be at hand, but what’s the point? If everyone is holding the same position, nothing changes and there is no compromise. The Full Moon on Sunday the 5th of January puts a few nails into the coffin of disagreement. So think twice before you decide to oust those with whom you can’t come to some sort of understanding with. Give it a few days and allow for a better opportunity to discuss differences when things cool down.

And by the way — Happy New Year — here is to a fresh start for all of us!

This week on Tuesday December 23, Saturn leaves Scorpio for about six months, and enters the sign of Sagittarius. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was about thirty years ago and it began on November 16, 1985. It lasts for 2.5 years. Saturn in Sagittarius is a reality check for our belief systems, as well as our political leanings. Saturn is about pulling in the belt, moving towards a more conservative thinking mode. Sagittarius thinks big, but Saturn holds it back. This also suggests a more reserved thinking pattern for the general pattern over the course of the next few years as Saturn moves through Sagittarius.

I do like it though, because in many ways it is a combination of Saturn and Jupiter working at their best. Saturn is the form in which we pour the vision of Jupiter. This is probably the most major of the week’s events, along with a very perceptive combination: Mercury with Pluto and Chiron suggesting research, uncovering the truth and getting to the bottom of what issues are really creating blockages.

Mercury leaves Sagittarius on Tuesday December 16 and enters the anchored sign of Capricorn late on Tuesday. This is important as the week unfolds because Uranus is stationing direct on Sunday December 21, which is also the first day of winter (Winter Solstice). I always found it interesting that during the coldest time of the year (Northern Hemisphere), all the partying for the holidays takes place because the Solstice period is about going inside and thinking about our lives and our purpose and putting our spiritual life in order.

However, this is often not the case as everyone rushes to get to this party or that. Perhaps it is the last hurrah of the season of light as we approach the shortest day of the year, or, perhaps it is about making some memories to take with us into the darkness of winter. Regardless, this week ends with many aspects on Saturday, December 20. Some of these are Mercury in alignment with imaginative Neptune, a very good time to do some meditation or creative work which is like meditation. Venus aligns with Pluto on that same day so more choices emerge as we make personal relationship choices that require a certain degree of emotional risk. You get a little kick (nerve) with Mars in good aspect to Uranus, which is going direct. This gives you the courage to make or break or say what you really feel regardless of the response. Remember a few weeks ago when we said make those reasonable requests??

Monday December 8, Jupiter stations retrograde at 22° Leo 37′. Jupiter has been forming a loose square to transiting Saturn in late degrees of Scorpio these past weeks. Those of you reading last week’s forecast noted the issue about planning financially. Characteristically, when Jupiter and Saturn are in square or opposition to each other the economy tightens or people don’t spend as much. Since this is not an exact aspect yet (like it will be in August 2015), it is, in fact, a prelude to the end of 2015 and 2016 when Jupiter and Saturn will be in square for about 15 months.

Mastering your negotiation techniques is imperative. Always make those reasonable requests even though people may say no, it is always worth a try. This is important for Jupiter is retrograde and we often stop and think about how much expansion we really want. Put that next to the fact that on Sunday December 14 we have the sixth of seven Uranus Pluto squares. This aspect has been with us since June 2012. It has one more exact aspect and that is in March 2015.

Uranus square Pluto wakes us up to what isn’t working (to the dark side if you will) and how we want to break out of that old pattern (whether psychological or habitual) and try things another way — in perhaps a more unorthodox way that gets results. There could be repercussions, but they are the good kind that we have when we change our focus. You have to let go to get.

It is the last month of the year. Everyone gets ready for holiday festivities in December and this year’s festivities may be somewhat over the top with Jupiter traveling through Leo. This is a good week for getting organized and determining how much time (and resource) you have to make your plans work. Monday’s Mars sextile Saturn suggests motivation and structure work together. As the week continues, Venus beautifully aspects Jupiter on Thursday December 4 indicating a perfect time to ask for some help with these plans. This is great for taking a personal inventory of your health and how you present yourself to the world. It can also suggest that markets are working favorably and it might be a time to take some profits balancing the losses against the gains so there are not too many capital gains involved.

Because it is the end of the year it is always a good idea to make up a budget for the New Year. In past years I have offered a FREE ‘budget template’ to use while doing this. Make a copy of the original and then use it to figure out your income and your costs. It self-adjusts as you make your changes. Join my mailing list to get access.

The end of the week gives us a Full Moon at 14° Gemini 18′ and this forms a very good aspect with transiting Jupiter as well Uranus. In fact, with the Sun in Sag, Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Leo (the fire trio), there are lots of money making opportunities- but you have to look around and ‘ask for the order’. This would also help perk up those holiday surprises.

Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Earlier in the week, however, we have Mercury and Saturn aligned with each other. This is a good aspect for writing and focusing our ideas. This extends into Wednesday the 26th when Venus trines Uranus, which is great for chance meetings, sudden communication from friends or unexpected encounters. It is also a great aspect for groups of friends getting together to celebrate.

The First Quarter Moon on Saturday November 29 lined up with Pisces is a great time to see a movie, a play, immerse yourself in an art or photography exhibit, actually make some holiday gifts as well as take time and go through cabinets and closets! Thank you to all of you for all of your continued support throughout the years. You are greatly appreciated. I don’t often thank you all who read this. I have been doing astrology since my early twenties — 43 years now!

When I began studying it after being pretty well educated and having a really excellent job, this science, this art form, opened my brain up in so many ways and gave me such understanding of so much. That combined with the ‘book learning’, well, it is the only job I have ever had that never gets old. There are years in which I worked with you, my dear friends and clients, a lot in private consults. I still work with clients but not to that extent because I am trying to write more now, but those moments in the office or on the phone were great learning experiences for me. So I thank you.

There were years I traveled constantly giving lectures all over the world, which I still do but which have slowed down considerably since I need to be a little bit more particular about time and what needs to be done. Regardless, each interaction, each lecture, each teaching experience as well as each learning experience only helped to heighten my understanding and appreciation for this very old analytic art form and practice.

So, thank you for being my teachers, my support, my network that encouraged me when I didn’t feel very encouraged and for being so loyal and consistent in your support of my work as well as my family and friends who have been there every step of the way. I thank the many teachers and colleagues that challenged me and taught me and embraced me as one of their own. It just doesn’t get any better than that on this Thanksgiving week.

This week is another Last Quarter Moon, time to wind things down. The New Moon, new beginnings, is on Saturday November 22 at 4:32 am (Pacific) and 7:32 am (Eastern)at 00° Sagittarius 07′ along with Chiron stationing to go direct at 13° Pisces 05′ on Sunday October 23. Chiron has a lot of different meanings. Many call him the ‘wounded healer’ but I prefer referencing him as a hybrid thinker. He has a unique ability to combine the old and the new and act as a bridge between the two. He crosses between borders and boundaries of perceived limitations.

He was last in the position approximately 50 years ago on. Between April, 15 1963 and February 12, 1964 he teetered back and forth on this degree. The year 1964 was the first full year Lyndon Johnson became president because of the assassination of John F Kennedy in November 22, 1963. He presided during a time of great strife and change in the USA implementing the civil rights act after the escalating civil rights strife, making decisions that would change the course of the Vietnam war and many other issues involving extreme political change in the USA.

Chiron is often the planetary body indicating the possibility of intelligent solution if we are dealing with intelligent people. This is supported by the fact that on Saturday before the New Moon, the Sun enters Sagittarius. This is the sign of possibilities, vision, learning, larger ideals and ideas. With Chiron direct in Pisces and Sun in Sagittarius there is tension, but tension is the push we need to get something moving in the right direction. Since they are mutable, it requires a certain level of flexibility. If you get too tight, then options do not present themselves.

Mercury reaches its shadow position on Monday November 10 at 2° Scorpio. This is the same degree of the late October eclipse, which was accompanied by Venus, so I think this could be a really happy week. Lots of good energies surround us this week as Neptune stations to go direct on Saturday November 15. Prior to Saturday, Mercury sends off a great aspect to Neptune, giving any writing projects — poetry, scripts, thesis, stories, blogs, and video commentaries – extra juice. Because Neptune is turning direct throughout the week, planning that dream trip could be part of the week’s activities.

On Sunday November 16 Venus enters freedom loving Sagittarius. Sagittarius energy is about learning new things. Between November 14 and 16, I am speaking at the Breaking down the Borders online conference. My topic is on Antiscia (Solstice Points) and is presented on Friday November 14 at 8:45 am Pacific Time. If you care to register, please click here for information on that and other events.

Even if you don’t, Mercury seems to be doing a lot this week and Mercury is the symbol for the student, the negotiator, the ally in the underworld, the intermediary that carries and conveys information. With Mercury in great aspect to the Moon, to Pluto at week’s end talk as much as you can so that you are really heard. If you don’t understand what is being conveyed to you, keep at it until you both understand each other. If it gets heated, then take a break, then go back. It will work out.

Tuesday is Election Day. A lot of people believe it is useless to vote, but it really isn’t. If we don’t vote, we lose our right to be part of our nation and our nation really needs us to participate right now. Whether Democrat or Republican or Independent, it is important and this particular election is really important as our nation faces a fulcrum of choice as to which direction it must go. With the Full Moon on the following Thursday at 14° Taurus 26′ and 14° Scorpio 26′, it falls on what we call critical degrees.

This particular degree set of 45° points, or, what we call semi-square in astrology are turning point degrees — some are expected, but often they are very unexpected and a surprise. I always think of the semi-square as the trick aspect of change…in other words, you are walking through the field and a snake, hidden, gets you! How you choose to react to that sudden and unexpected event, is exactly the lesson of this week. If something comes at you, out of the blue, don’t answer immediately and try to not take it personally. This is good advice for those running for office during this crucial election as well.

With the Sun trine Chiron on October 5, there is a lesson in everything that happens this week. Listen to your first intuition rather than what others tell you is correct. Our guts were operating long before we had language!

Before we start this week’s forecast, there are two things to remember — Halloween falls on Friday October 31 and Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am on Sunday November 2. In addition, the week has the energy of direct Mercury imbued as part of the overall experience. The Sun is in some very pleasant aspects with Neptune, triggering the imagination for either that costume, or, that class or business idea you’ve been mulling over. Venus and Neptune are also working in tandem, so there are probably a lot prettier costumes of choice this year than in past years.

The First Quarter Moon on Thursday October 30 is about getting organized for the weekend projects or activities since on Saturday November 1 Mercury and Jupiter as well as Venus and Pluto are working together. This could be a good weekend to plant winter vegetables, rototill the soil to get ready for winter (Northern Hemisphere) or spring (Southern Hemisphere).