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Astrology Update: March 2013

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

The first important astrological event happens on March 11th at 3:51pm EST with the New Moon at  21º 24′ Pisces. Here we have a seven-planet line-up in Pisces of Mars, Sun, Moon, Venus, Chiron, Mercury, and Neptune. It’s a good time to listen to your dreams, and hone your psychic skills. (Mercury/Chiron/Neptune conjunction) The Venus/Chiron conjunction brings synchronous encounters that give way toward your next life step in this new cycle of experience. The Venus/Sun/Moon conjunction brings a happy, energetic disposition, but be careful not to burn yourself out with too much activity with Mars in Aries, also conjunct Sun/Moon.

This New Moon also features a Yod (Saturn/Pluto sextile/quincunx Jupiter) that allows you to analyze your potential/situations realistically, while taking advantage of uncertainty.

We celebrate Mercury going direct on March 17th , and the Spring Equinox on March 20th.

With Venus entering Aries March 21st, watch out for aggressive self-expression and competitiveness in relationships. Then things really heat up for a week on March 22nd when Mars conjoins Uranus/squaring Pluto. This combination can bring accidents, rebellion against constraints, and drastic and sudden change.

Although the Full Moon, 6º 52′ Libra, occurring on March 27th at 5:27am, would like you to find balance in your relationships, this will be difficult to achieve with Mars/Uranus/ Sun/Venus, all conjunct in Aries. Expect impulsiveness, rebelliousness, intense activity, drastic and sudden change, emotional outbursts, and sudden attractions. However, if you manage to restrain yourself you can work with the Sun/Uranus energy to venture out into the higher realms, helping to activate the Pisces stellium of Chiron, Mercury & Neptune. These planets will help you delve into your unconscious mind and psychic awareness.

The last important configuration of the month happens on March 28th with Pluto squaring Sun/Venus/Uranus/Mars for the next three weeks. Look out for arguments, control issues, and people/social conditions interfering with what you want to do. Try to keep a lid on your emotions while you release patterns that no longer serve your best interests.

 

Astrology Update: January 2013

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Because this month hales the beginning of a New Year in the new millennium, I thought it would be nice to see what was in store for us.  So I’ve cast and interpreted a chart for January 1st at 12:00 AM at Chapel Hill, NC And it looks like those of us living in the Triangle are in for an interesting time!

This chart boasts a Yod, Grand Square/Grand Cross and three Grand Trines, two of which form a Star of David configuration and half of a Grand Sextile within a mass of aspects, along with a Pluto/Sun conjunction.  I’ve included a picture for the curious among you. So get your magnifying glass.

New Year's Chart 2013

The Grand Square/Grand Cross will be great for pushing our buttons and motivating us into transforming our linear, left-brain focus in the world as both configurations throw us into emotional/psychic questioning, turmoil, confusion, and a dreamy state that’s out of synch with the norm. (Grand Square- S.Node square Moon, square Neptune, square N. Node, square Moon and Grand Cross – Moon opposes Neptune and Nodes oppose each other)

However, once we are able to catch our breath we can turn our attention to the stabilizing factors of the triple Grand Trines. The Star of David configuration is composed of Grand Trine #1 Jupiter trine Ascendent,  trine Mars,  trine Jupiter and Grand Trine #2 Moon trine Vertex point, trine Venus  trine Moon.

This configuration adds foundation in emotional healing, good will, harmony, cooperation, accomplishment, and gentleness in all our relationships, while the third Grand Trine (Saturn trine Chiron, trine MC trine Saturn) adds professional success, by restructuring and healing old patterns and issues with authority figures.

Although we have the ability to regenerate and change things through our will, the 4th House Pluto/Sun conjunction, also enables us to take the high road by becoming an instrument of Divine Will, remaking our personal inner security into a transpersonal perspective to work for the good of all.

The Yod, with apex Jupiter, quincunx Saturn and Pluto, sextile each other points the way to a major life-style change culminating with a new life philosophy or code to live by.

 Wow!!

 

About Your Astrologer… Barbara-Lynn Freed has studied and worked with astrology for over thirty years.  Her personal readings specialize in  discovering your Karmic issues, your Evolutionary Goals and your Life’s True Purpose, while helping you to gain insight into how to grow and change within your current life dynamics.  For more information and to have your chart read, see her website.

Astrology Update: December 2012

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

There’s been a lot of noise on the Internet about a December 3rd exact planetary alignment with the Pyramids of Giza. However, after doing much research I discovered it’s a misnomer. Yes, Mercury, Venus and Saturn will all be in Scorpio, but not lined up with the pyramids the way people would like them to be. Too extensive for this column to cover, read the full story in a Discover Magazine article here.

On Dec. 12th, Mercury moves into Sagittarius helping us stimulate yearnings for philosophical thoughts and attitudes. And on Dec. 13th, Uranus finally turns Direct. This marks a time to break away from past patterns and begin something new.

Also, on Dec. 13th the New Moon takes place at  21º 45′  Sagittarius, 3:42 am EST and features a stellium in Scorpio, (Saturn, N.Node, Venus, Part of Fortune Part of Spirit) bringing in a wave of transformative energy onto the planet. This stellium accentuates spiritual awakening, joy, and rebirth, while the Sun, Moon and Mercury in Sagittarius promote high goals, positive thinking, and concern for society as a whole, along with prophetic insights to help unfold our destiny.

The most dynamic aspect with this New Moon is a Yod, (Pluto/Saturn sextile & Pluto/Saturn quincunx Jupiter), that points us to regeneration through discipline and hard work, while helping us assess situations realistically, allowing for opportunities to develop and take advantage of uncertainty.

When Venus moves into Sagittarius on Dec 17, our emotional responses and inner feelings become more spiritually oriented, open and honest.

Then Winter Solstice arrives on December 21st bringing the end of the Mayan Calendar and the birthing of the Fifth World with another Yod (Pluto 9º Capricorn sextile Saturn at 9º Scorpio, with both quincunx Jupiter at 9º Gemini).

Coupled with the Pluto/Saturn mutual reception, the Yod of 2012′s Winter Solstice alludes to a time when we have the power to regenerate ourselves and the world from unrest and chaos through discipline and hard work, while learning to look at situations realistically, release our fears and dogmatic attitudes and move toward new opportunities. This reflects the Mayans view of a time for awakening and moving into a higher state of consciousness.

With Mars moving into Aquarius on Dec. 27, we are stimulated to work toward the good of the whole through independent actions.

And last in the roundup is the Full Moon on  Dec. 28th, 7º 06′ Cancer, at 5:21am EST. While the Yod of the New Moon still prevails, there are a number of other close aspects that add a slightly different flavor.

Saturn sextile Sun & trine Moon, gives us organizational skills, patience, discipline, and common sense to endure hardship to achieve long-range goals and build on established foundations.  Jupiter quincunx Sun helps us learn the right use of generosity, whereas, we need to watch out for a need for excitement and adventure with unwise action that can bring danger of unrest on the home front with Pluto opposing Moon. Uranus sextile Mars rounds out this Full Moon energy by bringing rapid, decisive, action helping us to work hard to accomplish tasks at hand.

 

About Your Astrologer… Barbara-Lynn Freed has studied and worked with astrology for over thirty years.  Her personal readings specialize in  discovering your Karmic issues, your Evolutionary Goals and your Life’s True Purpose, while helping you to gain insight into how to grow and change within your current life dynamics.  For more information and to have your chart read, see her website.

Astrology Update: November 2012

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

We begin the month with Mercury turning retrograde at 6:04 pm EST on November 6, Election Day, until Nov. 25th. Because Mercury Retrograde is a time of delays and communication screw-ups, it will be very interesting to see how Election Day turns out. The last time this happened during a Presidential vote, Al Gore lost his win to George Bush.

We also have two Eclipses this month. The first one, a Total Solar Eclipse, conjoins the New Moon at  21º 57′ Scorpio, on Nov. 13th at 5:17 pm EST and can only be seen in northern Australia and the southern Pacific Ocean. Hold onto your hats with this very transformative Scorpio Solar Eclipse, as it may portend the restructuring of traditional cultural values, and concepts.

The close aspects of this month’s New Moon support this general outlook. Uranus quincunx Saturn promotes the theme of Freedom vs. Responsibility, helping us to confront authority, overcome restrictive tradition and take the time to effect change in our lives. The North Node conjunct Mercury, along with Neptune squaring the Node/Mercury reflects our struggle to maintain duality. However, Uranus trine Mercury gives us independent thinking outside of the status quo, while Neptune sextile Mars and trine Saturn help us heal, develop clairvoyance, meditation and insight. And finally, Pluto sextile Saturn gives us the opportunity to regenerate society and ourselves through the use of wisdom, discipline and hard work.

The second, a Full Moon, partial Lunar Eclipse occurs on Nov 28th at 9:33 am EST at 6º 40′ Gemini and can be seen in Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and most of Asia. Communication will be in the forefront with our Gemini Moon, however, being quincunx to Venus, Mars, Saturn and Pluto, our emotions are in for a bumpy ride. Themes here deal with self-approval,  balancing action with consideration for others, and emotional maturity/rigidity. Saturn makes an uncomfortable situation even more so with a quincunx to Uranus, highlighting the theme of freedom vs. responsibility.

With Saturn conjunct Venus we need to be careful not to get down in the dumps. However, duality prevails with six sextiles that help lift us out of our emotional roller coaster.

Moon sextile Uranus helps us let go of the past, while opening to new opportunities, fun and excitement. Mars sextile Venus/Saturn adds harmony, endurance and practicality. Capping it off, hard work and discipline prevail with Pluto sextiling Venus/Saturn also giving us stability through regeneration.

And the Rest…

Neptune goes Direct on Nov 11th bringing in clarity of thought and helping you move forward with your worldly goals.

Venus moves into Scorpio on the 23rd – 17th Dec. heightening our sexual desires, passion and lower emotions in close relationships.

Mars moves into Capricorn Nov 18th – 27th Dec. giving us practicality, discipline along with professional ambition.

 

About Your Astrologer… Barbara-Lynn Freed has studied and worked with astrology for over thirty years.  Her personal readings specialize in  discovering your Karmic issues, your Evolutionary Goals and your Life’s True Purpose, while helping you to gain insight into how to grow and change within your current life dynamics.  For more information and to have your chart read, see her website.

Astrology Update ~ October 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This month begins with Venus moving into Virgo from 10/4/12 – 10/30/12. Watch out for over analyzing your emotions or being too critical of your loved ones. This would be a good time to retreat into your work or other intellectual pursuits to avoid conflict in relationships.

On the same day, Jupiter turns retrograde until the end of January 2013. This retrograde enables you to review your philosophy of life, where it’s taking you, and shift your consciousness to a higher frequency.

October 5th marks the day when Saturn moves into Scorpio for the next 2 ½ years. This is important because it forms an extremely rare Mutual Reception with Pluto in Capricorn. Because they are in each other’s ruling signs it indicates that a challenge must be overcome before success can be accomplished.

The challenge denoted here, focuses on power struggles between people and government to gain authority, and further unrest in the global economy. However, once these energies are balanced, there is the promise of reorganization of financial structures and government that serves humanity instead of serving itself.

Mars moves into Sagittarius on October 8th and stays there for about six weeks. During this time you can look forward to high energy and the urge to get out of your rut to explore new opportunities and physical terrain. Because this planet/sign combination promotes patriotism, it will be interesting how it affects the upcoming elections and continued world drama.

The New Moon takes place on October 15th, 22º 32′Libra, at 8:02 am EDT. For those of us who live in the Piedmont of North Carolina, our New Moon main event will be a  

Grand Fire Trine with Uranus 5ºAries, trine Mars 5º Sagittarius, trine the Mid Heaven 3º Leo. This will be a great time for achievements in career. Venus sextile Mercury enhances this by giving you grace and skill to thought, speech and writing abilities.

However this may be tempered by the need to assess new information accurately and listen and act on constructive criticism (Jupiter quincunx Mercury). If you are planning a party, be careful not to get carried away with alcohol, since unconscious habit patterns, self-indulgence and deception prevail. (Jupiter square Venus & Mars square Neptune).

On October 29th two significant astrological events occur. The first one has Venus moving into Libra for the next 3½ weeks, however, also squaring Pluto and opposing Uranus for the first week. Watch out for relationship upheavals during this time. As Venus moves away from these two planets, expect your relationships to normalize and gradually relax into understanding the feelings of others, and seeking close, harmonious bonding in romance.

The second event is the Full Moon 6º 48′ Taurus at 3:49pm EDT.  Watch out for this Moon! With a Sun/Saturn conjunction be prepared for hard work to achieve results. Saturn quincunx Uranus challenges us to overcome restrictive traditions, yet accept responsibility for our actions, while Sun quincunx Uranus lends a hand with a tendency to resist conformity, take a stand, yet tolerate the differences of others. Try to stay positive and socialize with others.

And finally, on October 30th, Mercury moves into Sagittarius for the next couple of weeks before it goes Retrograde in November. Sagittarius enables you to see life’s big picture and be interesting in attitudes rather than facts.

 

About Your Astrologer… Barbara-Lynn Freed has studied and worked with astrology for over thirty years.  Her personal readings specialize in  discovering your Karmic issues, your Evolutionary Goals and your Life’s True Purpose, while helping you to gain insight into how to grow and change within your current life dynamics.  For more information and to have your chart read, visither website.

 

Mayan Prophecy & Our Shift in Consciousness

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

According to the Maya, the December 21, 2012 Sunrise marks the first time in 26,000 years that our Sun, on its ecliptic path, will be in conjunction with the intersection of the Milky Way at our Galactic Center. This alignment forms a Cosmic Cross, and is considered by the Maya to be an embodiment of the Tree of Life, a sacred tree that is remembered globally in all spiritual traditions.

The Maya also say that this alignment opens a portal that allows cosmic energies to flow through the earth, purifying her and all her inhabitants, and raising everything to a higher vibration. The Maya call this the beginning of the  5th Sun or the next World Age. They say that this 5th Sun will be dominated by the influx of Stellar energies, the element of Ether, and changes in the fabric of time.

Mayan Calender

 

However, like in all astrological phenomena, things don’t just happen, there is always a period of transition before and after an occurrence. And in this case the lead-time has been building for approximately 25 years and creating a subtle, though powerful shift in our consciousness and vibration.

There have been many Planetary Configurations during those 25 years. that have helped the shift to develop, however, since this article is limited in scope, I have selected a few that are either occurring now or will be occurring in the near future that may help you to understand what’s going on.

The New and Full Moons are extremely important as they give us a huge download of Stellar energy every month that helps initiate us into the shift. In the last few months their themes have worked with releasing duality and our old emotional patterns, while helping us to move forward by offering new perceptions of reality.

In Feb. 2012 Neptune moved into Pisces (the sign it rules) and will be there for the next fourteen years. From this we should expect to see the advancement of spiritual awareness, providing more peace in the world, along with many of us developing clairvoyant faculties.

Although Pluto/Uranus remain square to each other until 2015, this year they formed two exact squares on June 24th and September 19th. Squares denote tension and challenge and this configuration is bringing up our core issues to be healed. Pluto is the planet that tears everything down first, and then builds something new from its ashes of destruction. Uranus is a planet that needs unbridled freedom to initiate the new.

Together they are associated with cultural upheaval and change. It’s a time to know how you want to transform your life to move forward. The main message here is go with the flow, and don’t get caught in the undertow. In this way we can ride the wave instead of feeling submerged in fear or resistance.

planets

An Extremely Rare Mutual Reception between Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn forms when Saturn enters Scorpio on October 5th and continues until Christmas Eve 2014.  A Mutual Reception means that two planets are in each others ruling signs, which indicates challenge that must be overcome before success is accomplished.

The challenge denoted here, focuses on power struggles between people and government to gain authority, and further unrest in the global economy. However, once these energies are balanced, there is the promise of reorganization of financial structures and government that serves humanity instead of serving itself.

And finally on Winter Solstice 2012, we have an astrological configuration called a Yod or sometimes named the “Finger of God or Destiny”.  A Yod is comprised of two quincunxes (difficult & awkward aspects) and a sextile (easy flowing aspect), however in a Yod, the difficulties of the quincunxes are transformed into something special. In this case, the Exact configuration of Dec. 21st, 2012, has Pluto at 9 degrees Capricorn & Saturn at 9 degrees Scorpio sextile to each other, while both are quincunx to Jupiter at 9 degrees Gemini. Jupiter is the Apex planet or focal point for these energies.

Generally speaking a Yod entails a choice of two roads, yet not knowing where either one will take you.   Following instinct, we simply find ourselves veering off onto another path and changing the course of our lives.  Although undefined, the new direction has actually been gathering strength for many years. And after activating the Yod, you soon realize that you have a hidden knowledge of how to proceed and be successful.

So it looks like humanity will be able to act on transforming and restructuring its philosophy of life and move forward in a new direction.

Coupled with the Pluto/Saturn mutual reception, the Yod of 2012′s Winter Solstice alludes to a time when we have the power to regenerate ourselves and the world from unrest and chaos through discipline and hard work, while learning to look at situations realistically, release our fears and dogmatic attitudes and move toward new opportunities. This reflects the Mayans view of a time for awakening and moving into a higher state of consciousness.
Although the Sun’s conjunction with our Galactic Center has been widely publicized, most do not know that the Mayan elders and day keepers also say that on the Winter Solstice 2012 our Sun will also be in exact alignment with the Center of the Universe.

Agreeing with the ancient Vedic seers, the Maya feel there exists a massive energetic network that travels throughout the universe and transforms every 13,000 years. Although, Solar, male rays from our Sun, and feminine rays from our Galaxy’s Core are our primary connections to this network, we also receive neutral rays from the Universe via our Galaxy’s Center. According to the Maya, this is a time of transformation for this stellar network.

Earth's magnetic shield

These ideas are also supported by the decrease of both the Earth’s magnetic shielding and our Sun’s Solar Wind and is reflected in NASA’s 2008 report on the increase of  “Space Weather” due to the instability of the Earth’s magnetic shield. NASA also stated that the solar, windshield that protects us from stellar radiation has been decreasing since the 1990′s.  As a result of these phenomena NASA warned that we should expect much stronger geomagnetic storms in the future.   With the increase in Stellar Light coming to the Earth in the form of cosmic and galactic radiation, our planet’s vibrations are moving into a higher frequency, thus catalyzing an evolutionary shift with all life on Earth.

 

So What Are These Evolutionary Implications?

With the element of Ether (Spirit) coming into focus during the  Fifth Sun, there will be an upliftment of everyone’s energy, enabling us to transform darkness into Light.  As this shift inevitably raises your consciousness, you will learn to live life, as Spirit, without separation between the two, become closer to nature, become sustainable in all facets of your life, and change your perceptions, allowing you to see the sacredness of all life.

Releasing emotional conflict will also become a priority, as well as, taking full responsibility for all of our actions and non-actions. As we change, we will become more Heart Centered, learn from a place of joy, release the drama from our life experience and feel unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness for ourselves and humanity.

And we will also sense a dimensional shift of time and space. Although material form will still persist, our rigid belief system of linear time will be transformed to living in the present moment.  Here, our conditional perceptions, judgments, and reactions will shift to a more enlightened approach, by becoming an observer of life, instead of being emotionally attached to our dramas with people, situations and events. We will achieve a sense of ease, wondrous possibility, and positive thinking. As our higher consciousness develops we will also choose to respond to our environment, instead of reacting to it.

By allowing the new Light frequencies of the Shift to clear away your old emotional debris and thought patterns, you will be transformed into a new State of Being that will magnetize people, opportunities, and circumstances that mirror your new perceptions.

 

About Your Astrologer… Barbara-Lynn Freed has studied and worked with astrology for over thirty years.  Her personal readings specialize in  discovering your Karmic issues, your Evolutionary Goals and your Life’s True Purpose, while helping you to gain insight into how to grow and change within your current life dynamics.  For more information and to have your chart read, see her website.

 

May 2012 ~ Astrological Update

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The Planetary Highlight this month is Venus as it goes Retrograde on May 15th and lingers there until June 27th. This indicates a time of going inward and working on your inner beauty, and how to better relate to those you love.  Because you may be feeling a little insecure and awkward while relating to others it’s probably best not to pursue romance at this time.

The Full Moon on May 5th, 16º Scorpio 01′ promises to be a mixed bag of energies. A heavenly box represents the low road and will create a lot of tension (Mars square N. Node, square Neptune/Chiron, square S. Node, square Mars), so watch out for anxiety as you move through the day. But beware…if you allow frustration and irritation to get the best of you, being out of synch with everyone else will be the norm. Adding to the fray, Mercury opposing Saturn may hold you down with defensiveness and depression that can prevent you from recognizing opportunities.

In polarity, we find Jupiter conjoining Sun, Pluto sextile Moon and trine Mars, with Uranus quincunx Mars. This combination of aspects gives us a positive outlook and help to accomplish our aims by focusing on the good of the whole, while learning how to act quickly and independently without being rebellious or provoking others. By taking the high road, Pluto shows us how to regenerate our vitality, and personal lives through constructive action, and by replacing old emotional patterns with new ones.

The New Moon and Solar Eclipse occurs on May 20th at  0º Gemini 21′ at 7:23 pm. EST. Although we will not see the eclipse on the east coast, its path will cover parts of China, Japan, California/Oregon border, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

This eclipse has brought a lot of attention from New Agers who feel it is a grand portal to a new consciousness, to Apocalypse mongers who see it as the beginning of the world’s doom. Although everyone has the right to an opinion, let’s look at the astrology for a more pragmatic and balanced interpretation.

The term eclipse means releasing or taking away. When we have a New Moon, Solar Eclipse we are releasing old patterns and bringing in new ones in a very dynamic way. So eclipses can serve as a catalyst for change in the world and in our personal lives. Those of you who have planets, or angular points (Ascendant, Descendant, Nadir, Midheaven) close to 0 degrees Gemini will be affected the most. Planetary aspects to this degree of Gemini will also be affected.

Being an Air sign, this Gemini, New Moon, Solar Eclipse is showing us that we need to adjust our attitudes in some way for clear sailing. With retrograde Venus in the mix, looking at our values, how we relate to others, and our financial concerns in a new light helps to shift our consciousness.

With sobering Saturn being trine to Venus, and quincunx to Mercury and Jupiter, we are asked to reevaluate how we feel about the needs of others less fortunate than ourselves, overcome pessimism, develop a sense of humor, and participate in the exploration of new ideas.

Jupiter conjoining Sun, Moon and Mercury attracts good luck when we are concerned for the good of all. But with Neptune square the Sun and Moon we must be careful not to give in to delusions of grandeur and loose our grip on reality.

Both the Full and New Moons this month are certainly pointing out the polarization in our culture today.  Will you cling to the old ways with temper tantrums and only self-concern, or will you turn the other cheek and welcome in the new regime? 

The choice is yours!

February 2012 ~ Astrology Update

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Continuing with our theme of the New Year, here’s a listing of when Mercury goes retrograde.

March 12 – April 4
July      14 – August 7
Nov.       6 – Nov. 26
Remember, these are times when it is best to meditate, take it easy and reflect.  It’s not a good time start new projects.  So plan your year accordingly.
Full moon in Leo at 18 degrees on Feb. 7th
Watch out on this Full Moon that you don’t get on an ego trip. With the Moon at 18 degrees Leo it’s full steam ahead with ambition, creative self-expression and leadership skills. But we need to be careful not to dominate others too much when we have the need to be admired and be the center of attention. If that were not enough, Mercury is conjoining the Sun in Aquarius and opposing the Moon. Although this combination can give us an easy flow of ideas and communication, it can also hinder objectivity of our behavior and how others see us.

 Although mental stamina and energy abound with the full moon, unconscious emotional patterns can distort our conscious thinking so we are not as clear or objective as usual. The word here is balance! It’s easy to make up for your fog and get emotional gratification by binging on food and spending money.

We are also dealing with the energy of Saturn on this day, as it goes Stationary Retrograde in Libra. For up to a week before and after Feb. 7th, your physical and emotional energy may feel heavy or stuck. You may feel pressured by authority figures, expectations and responsibilities that have cropped up. This is a time to use the Leo Full moon energy to develop courage to face any danger or difficulty in your life.

During the next four months while Saturn is Retrograde will be a time to rework and refine your goals and figure out how you will achieve them. It can also be a time to improve the way you deal with authority, expectations, obligations and discipline.

This month marks Neptune moving into Pisces. For the next fourteen years we should expect to see the advancement of spiritual awareness, providing more peace in the world. Many of us may develop clairvoyant faculties along with exalted forms of art and music. This month, there are also three other planets joining Neptune in Pisces. Chiron, there since January, Mercury on Feb. 15th and the Sun on Feb. 20th.   This is a good time to work on your spiritual advancement and brush up on your dream techniques.   The New Moon  also joins the Pisces gang on Feb 21st.

New Moon in Pisces at 2 degrees on 21st of February

Take the high road with this New Moon and begin a new pattern based on healing yourself and being sensitive to others. Use your now vivid imagination for poetry or the arts, and be kind and sympathetic to your friends. Try not to feel too vulnerable with all that Pisces energy, as Chiron, Sun, Moon  and Neptune are all conjunct.

This New Moon urges us to comprehend our beliefs, secrets and mysteries that lie hidden in our unconscious, so it’s a good time to explore your dreams. With Chiron in the mix, it’s also time to work on our individuality and heal any lingering wounds we may still have with our parents. This is a time for spiritual work and opening to the cosmic energies  pouring into the planet at this time. Don’t fret if it all seems too overwhelming. Simply spend some time alone to get grounded and all will be well.

Astrological Update for the Year 2012

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

January begins with all the planets being direct until Jan. 23.  This is a time to move forward in your lives, clarify your plans and goals, and set positive intentions for the coming year.

Retrograde Mars in Virgo (from January 24th to  April 13th) Offers us an opportunity to gain insight into our unconscious motivations instead of worrying or brooding about personal health issues, work, or our daily lives.   

 February 3rd, Neptune enters its own sign Pisces and will stay there until January 2026. A gateway to higher consciousness in humanity, the abilities of clairvoyance, music, artistic sensitivity, mysticism, and healing will be highlighted, along with the beginnings of a more caring, peaceful society.

From May 14th to June 24th Venus the planet of love, beauty and the feminine principal is retrograde. When retrograde in a person’s birth chart it usually means a challenge in loving oneself, or finding value in who we are. On June 6th during this retrograde period Venus Crosses the Face of the Sun in a rare configuration that happens every 105 -125 years. Called an Occultation it always comes in pairs, both either in Gemini or Sagittarius .The last one happened eight years ago in 2004.

So What Does This Mean?

Past occultations of Venus and the Sun in Gemini have brought about new explorations in communication and brought humanity closer together. The Mayans see the 2012 configuration as an opening to higher consciousness. So if we do our inner work and release old thought patterns that no longer serve us, or the world, perhaps we can bring in the light of the Sun, evolve our consciousness and shift the collective thought patterns of humanity to serve the Earth and its peoples instead of harming them.

Although Pluto/Uranus remain square to each other until 2015, this year they form two exact squares on June 24th and September 19th. If you remember from past newsletters, Pluto is the planet that tears everything down first, and then builds something new from its ashes of destruction. Uranus is a planet that needs unbridled freedom to initiate the new.

Together they are associated with cultural upheaval and change. Personally it’s a time to know how we want to transform our lives, and move forward. In this way we can ride the wave instead of feeling submerged in fear or resistance. The main message here is go with the flow, and don’t get caught in the undertow.

When Jupiter enters Gemini on June 11th for about a year, energetic changes in communication and learning can be expected, along with love of philosophy, mind expansion, and new advanced intellectual ideas in society.

An extremely rare Mutual Reception between Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn forms when Saturn enters Scorpio on October 5th and stays until Christmas Eve 2014.  Some astrologers look at the Mutual Reception to mean that the planets behave as if they are in their own signs, however  I see a Mutual Reception as mixed-up energies and a place of challenge before success can be met.

On an astrological chart Pluto rules the 8th House  (joint resources, joint values, power, transformation & death) and Saturn rules the 10th House (authority figures, career, destiny), so this configuration may indicate more power struggles for authority between the people and government, and further unrest in the global economy. However, once these energies are balanced, there is the promise of reorganization of financial structures and government that serve humanity.

Winter Solstice, December 21, when our sun and the entire solar system are in perfect alignment with the center of our galaxy, here on Earth we will also be undergoing an uncommon aspect called a Yod, or sometimes called  “The Finger of Destiny”.

A Yod is comprised of two quincunxes (difficult & awkward aspects) and a sextile (easy flowing aspect). This configuration has Pluto  (9 degrees Capricorn) & Saturn ( 9 degrees Scorpio) in sextile to each other, while both are quincunx to Jupiter (9 degrees Gemini). The Apex planet, in this case Jupiter, is the focal point for the energies.

Generally speaking a Yod entails a choice of two roads, yet not knowing where either one will take you.   Following instinct, we simply find ourselves veering off onto another path and changing the course of our lives.   Although undefined, the new direction has actually been gathering strength for many years. And after activating the Yod, you soon realize that you have a hidden knowlege of how to proceed and be successful.

Coupled with Pluto and Saturn’s mutual reception, the Yod of 2012′s Winter Solstice alludes to a time where we have the power to regenerate ourselves and the world from unrest and chaos through discipline and hard work, while learning to look at situations realistically, release our fears and dogmatic attitudes and move on toward new opportunities.

As discussed in past newsletters, the Mayans see this as a time of awakening and moving into a higher consciousness of reality for mankind. 

 

About Your Astrologer… Barbara-Lynn Freed has studied and worked with astrology for over thirty years.  Her personal readings specialize in  discovering your Karmic issues, your Evolutionary Goals and your Life’s True Purpose, while helping you to gain insight into how to grow and change within your current life dynamics.  For more information and to have your chart read, see her website.

 

Astrological Update: December 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Remember, Mercury will continue to be retrograde until December 14th, so don’t start any new projects or sign contracts until after that date. Get ready for a dynamic day on December 10th that also holds far reaching affects with a Full Moon, total Lunar Eclipse, at 18 degrees Gemini.

Folks from Alaska, northern Canada, to Australia, New Zealand, and central and eastern Asia will be able to view the eclipse for it’s entire 51 minute duration. Viewers in most of North America and Hawaii will see the moon set still in eclipse, while people on the west coast of the US and Canada will see the beginning of totality just as the moon disappears below the horizon.

This eclipse will pack a punch on all types of communication, giving an assortment of mixed messages. Mercury retrograde and the lunar eclipse will try to blunt what we want to say, while Uranus moving direct on that day, will give birth to new, spontaneous ideas, opportunities and the spirit of adventure.  And the Full Moon in Gemini can give us a vacillating, although quick witted and resourceful thoughts.

Venus at 16 degrees Capricorn also forms a quincunx to the Moon and Eclipse at 18 degrees Gemini. This awkward aspect may exemplify our feelings of inadequacy with our values, appearance, relationships, and self-worth.  Also in the mix is Mars at 13 degrees Virgo squaring the Sun and Moon, adding impulsive behavior, emotional turmoil, independence, frustration and anger.

Whew! I think this is a good to stay out of trouble by staying in bed all day.

Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year happens on December 21, and the New Moon at 2 degrees Capricorn occurs on Christmas Eve. Although this earthy moon favors practical activities, it will be conjunct (close together) to Pluto and square (challenge) to Uranus. Again watch out for your emotions and do your inner work as emotional depth, moodiness and emotional excitement abound.

And finally some good news! Christmas day Jupiter ends it’s four month retrograde period, marking the return of light, hope and optimism for the future