My weekly insights are written prior to the weeks when you, my readers, explore them. In the case of this week, a few days after the recent US Inauguration, I really don’t have any new information, but looking at the transits the weeks ahead I am making comments. Obviously, Mercury just went direct at the Galactic Center on Sunday January 8 (the day I presented a live presentation at San Francisco Astrological Society, but more on that later). The Galactic Center is the last degrees of Sagittarius and falls at the midpoint between the arrow being shot by the constellation of Sagittarius directly into the heart of the constellation known as Scorpius. The heart of the Scorpion is known as Antares and is one of the four royal stars — powerful points of access in the zodiac.

Whenever we see planets heading towards or over the 27th to the 29th degree of Sagittarius, where Saturn the rule makers dances throughout 2017, we see sudden twists and turns of ideas, events, news, and anything can happen at a moment’s notice. Time speeds up — and with Saturn (ruling time, business, contraction, regulation, government, conservative thinking) dancing back and forth at these degrees particularly as we approach the first week of August, again — anything can happen, can change. So with that said, it is very difficult to ‘predict’ if there is such an ability as to what might happen.

However, there were lots of things that I ‘saw’ when I presented that forecast talk just a couple of weeks ago. One of the things I saw was the global movement towards rule making, rule breaking, and the need (doesn’t mean people will do this) for more civility as Saturn is a more serious thinker who expects each of us to take responsibility for our actions. Saturn was often considered to be the god who brought order out of chaos — as he was the one who destroyed his father, Uranus, the original god of chaos whose unbridled actions required a checkpoint. The thing to remember here is that Saturn is the planet of Karma. As we move into this heavy cycle, the issue of taking responsibility for our actions is up. Saturn is also the planet that rules what we think is limited, when, in fact, it is our perception of limitation that is challenged with Saturn. In the last few weeks, such companies as Volkswagen, executives from Taketa airbags and others are called home by Saturn. So, remember — what goes around, comes around, either now or later.

I also ‘saw’ in most of the Ingress charts for this year (including the Winter Solstice chart for December 2016), that in most of the charts, Neptune was at the Rising Sign, the birth moment of the chart, for Washington D.C. So, I had to think what does that mean. Neptune has a bad reputation for being dodgy, foggy, but it also has the most powerful ability to create what the mind feels or sees! In other words, believing a certain way so intensely, with underlying fears (that Saturn I mentioned above), can create more problems than necessary.

I am not a Pollyanna that the opinion about ‘how’ things are being very split, but my concern is with Neptune at the ascending position is that a massive uprising based on thoughts (not yet materialized) that are filled with hate, anger and extreme rebellion will, in fact, create the worst outcomes and increase negativity so that no progress is made at all and, instead, we descend into an even darker place. The power of the word and the power of the mind are Neptune’s vehicles of expression.

No one knows, really, what this new administration will do, because it hasn’t even started at this writing, but, I do know, that sometimes we can be surprised. Sometimes bad people do good things AND good people do bad things. It goes both ways.

We are still a democracy which has, at its core, the tenet of free speech and my fear (something I am working on as well) is that those opposing the upcoming administration exercising high levels of extreme messages of hate and intolerance have the potential to become the very bullies which they are fighting against!

Disallowing any possibility of free speech or thought in conversations because one does not agree with the larger majorities is the start of a type of Fascism too, but in reverse as expressed in the press. I may lose a few readers by saying this, but it is something that needs saying looking at these new year charts. A warning, perhaps, that we have a choice to go one way or the other in 2017.

Being frightened or afraid of having a conversation with someone who holds opposing views, forces people to do one of two things: 1) retreat because they are fearful that their property or their life will be threatened so they shut down. Or 2) Fighting back which could lead to repercussions resulting in violence in an environment already at peak levels of psychic anxiety! Either way, this is the beginning of dismemberment in society and of democracy (Neptune) and this is the challenge of Neptune (which rules tidal waves, storms, and, frankly, madness) highlighted in most Ingress charts for late 2016 and going through 2017. These were just a few of the ideas which I touched upon in my forecast for SFAS on January 8. If anyone is interested in that lecture, there is a PowerPoint that is available as well as a live recording of my presentation.

No one wants to be estranged from lifelong friends, their community, their neighborhoods or their jobs because they disagree or think differently. And, many, in fact, have had that exact experience. The current rhetoric of hate and intolerance (on both sides) is when Neptune expresses in the negative because it feeds on the worry and the insanity. Going into this new year, let’s think about that. Let’s listen to opposing views, ask questions, get the facts and not the information from the many news feeds that are designed to grab demographics rather than present unbiased information or be caught up in the hysteria of massive marches and movements where things, frankly, can go awry. Peaceful protests are the way to go. Here is an interesting perspective: If someone is marching in support of the new administration and its policies, would they be allowed the same civil liberties of peaceful protest? Ponder on that one.

Lots of planets are in Pisces this month which offer a softening effect for the planets in Capricorn. The continuing stress may be because Saturn requiring a responsible approach to achieving one’s vision may continually collide with transiting Chiron which remains in Pisces for at least another year. This ongoing stress aspect asks each person to release old emotional patterns that keep getting in the way of progress. The ability to face and see those past hurts in a new light is key in the transformative process. Stepping out of the angst of the pain of those patterns, be that personal or global, allows for a greater understanding leading in a more mature understanding that nothing is black or white. There is a heightened sensitivity with this combination and as we move into the week that include the USA inauguration of a new president, this is particularly important.

On Thursday January 20, 2017 at Noon in Washington, D.C. is he USA inauguration which is when the Sun passes into the sign of Aquarius each year. The Sun in early degrees of Aquarius is on the fixed star of Altair, the Eagle, which is the higher octave of the sign of Scorpio, asking for a larger perspective for change. Aquarius is the sign of the rebel, the one that thinks outside the box, the radical, radical views as well as the sign of dictators as well as those that work together in community. These are two very opposite possibilities that, again, are a choice. The ‘eagle’ is the animal that flies the highest and has the clearest view. Stepping out of fixed notions and working as a group or a cohesive organization solves problems. Again, the choice is there to re-invent old ways moving them into unchartered territories.

The inauguration chart has Taurus rising ruled by Venus which is in a perfect aspect that day to Pluto, the ruler of the seventh house of other people and open enemies as well as partners suggesting that the possibility of new partnerships for growth are possible if compromise and cooperation are engaged. Again-choice. This aspect offers the opportunity to improve one’s ‘relationship skills’ if one chooses that road.

Also, interesting about this chart is that there are many planets in Pisces in the 11th house of goals, friends who can help with goals, and a support system for the named leader. In Pisces suggests the possibility for a new vision, but we have Chiron there as well suggesting that there will be several trip ups while getting to that goal. Chiron is often referred to as the ‘wounded healer’ but is also the planet that incorporates both old conservative views with newer, outside the box liberal solutions. It is considered a ‘bridge’ between both worlds and to cross that bridge, one must walk carefully. Further on in the spring Uranus, the awakener and the planet that must do with the bigger projects will be in a positive aspect to Saturn, which represents building — it could very likely that railroads or a similar type of fast ground transport system will begin implementation and which will be necessary if infrastructure improvement becomes a main goal. You can’t transport heavy things across large spans of land without a solid rail system!

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,

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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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.

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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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