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Astrology Update: January 2014

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The New Year comes in with a bang with two New Moons, the first one on New Year’s Day at 10° 57′ Capricorn,

6:14 am.  This lunation packs a punch with a close stellium in Capricorn (Sun/Moon/Pluto/Mercury) all within a 2° orb, plus Venus.  With this planetary/sign involvement it’s important to get some down time to have a clear picture of what is going on in your life and what you want to change in the coming year.  Try and get a grip on your emotions through meditation and by aligning your personal will with Divine will before working on manifesting what you want.

This New Moon also boasts a very volatile Grand Square (Mars square Sun/Moon, Mercury/Pluto/Jupiter, Jupiter square Uranus, Uranus square Sun/Moon, Mercury/Pluto) and  Grand Cross (Mars opposes Uranus, Jupiter opposing Sun/Moon/ Mercury/Venus/Pluto).  The next two weeks are not a good time to ask for a raise at your job, or get into it with your loved ones.  This is an excellent time to lay low, not rock the boat, not be over confident, or force yourself on others, for the energies have the potential of exploding in your face with violent outbursts, disputes over money/joint resources, accidents, sudden mood changes, impulsive excess, jumping to conclusions and people using force to get what they want.

On January 7th, a Grand Water Trine (Jupiter trine Saturn, trine Moon, trine Jupiter), tries smoothing things out by bringing in energies that are more cautious and conservative, honest, and altruistic

January 11th Mercury moves into Sagittarius helping us to open our minds to new experience and communion with the Universal Mind.

When the Full Moon arrives on January 15th at 25° 58′ Aquarius, 11:52 pm, the Grand Square & Grand Cross are still in the heavens. (Grand Square: Jupiter square Uranus square Pluto square Mars square Jupiter, Grand Cross: Jupiter opposing Pluto/Venus, & Uranus opposing Mars).  These configurations hold the same energies they had during the New Moon, however now they are tempered by Moon trine Saturn, trine Venus, Neptune trine N.Node, Neptune conjunct Chiron, Mercury sextile Neptune.  Here we have a choice.  Do we allow our lower emotions to rule, or do we move into spiritual understanding, inspiration, positive thinking, common sense, honesty, intuition, and altruism?

The Sun moves into Aquarius on January 19th bringing an emphasis on friendship, loyalty, brotherhood, collective endeavors, exchanging ideas, a need for freedom and fostering good will to all.

When Jupiter and Pluto begin opposing each other on January 26 for two weeks, be careful not to force your philosophies, spirituality or ideas on others.

The second New Moon arrives on January 30th, 10° 55’Aquarius at 4:39pm.  Here duality continues to reign, although with a lighter hand with Jupiter quincunx Sun/Moon, Uranus sextile Sun/Moon, Neptune conjoining Mercury, Pluto conjoining Venus, and Saturn square Mercury, Uranus square Pluto/Venus/Jupiter, Jupiter opposing Venus/Pluto.

Try not to get stuck in old patterns of worry, traditional thinking and gaining wealth and  recognition through power and greed.  We are called to let go of the past by learning compassion for others by developing a loving and enduring philosophy of life. We are also asked to be open to opportunities, develop new psychic skills, and be passionate towards life.  Be careful with new romantic encounters, as they probably won’t last.  With an undercurrent of restlessness, it may be a time for travel and adventure.

We end the month with Venus moving direct on January 31st, bringing a new focus on relationships, and Mercury moving into Pisces, enhancing our imaginations, intuition and sympathies for others.

Astrology Update: October 2013

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Chaos is afoot on October 3 when Uranus is closest to the Earth, so watch out for possible sudden reversals in events, relationships and situations.

Then on October 4 we have a doosie of a New Moon, 11° 56’ Libra at 8:35 pm EST.  Although the Sun and Moon are in Libra, this New Moon also has a water emphasis that includes a Stellium in Scorpio (Mercury, N.Node, Saturn, Venus, with Mercury/N.Node/Saturn conjunct, along with a Mars/Venus square. 

Remember that New Moons are seeding times for new energies and thought forms and sets the pace for the following two-week period.  Although this one has a decidedly conservative tone, we can try and stay positive while introducing small steps forward in the new paradigm.  Be careful in relationships for old smoldering issues can be brought to the surface with passion, yet, volatility.

This New Moon also has a Grand Cross to contend with.  With both the Sun and Moon opposing Uranus, watch for extreme sensitivity, independence, nervousness, and emotional instability, in yourself and others, while the Pluto/Jupiter opposition emphasizes a procuring of wealth & power in unscrupulous ways.

Luckily things will be tempered a bit when Venus moves into Sagittarius for four weeks.  Although traditional moral structures will prevail, this placement will also be spiritually oriented, friendly and sociable.

The next day October 8 Mercury exactly conjoins Saturn; the first of three times over the next six weeks.  Look for foresightedness in planning, and hard work, but be careful not to let worry, depression, or obstacles to new ideas take hold.

A good time for networking and social activities takes place on October 14 with a Sun/Moon trine.  This is a good time to introduce new ideas and have them approved by those that count.

Then on October 18 we have a Full Moon, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, 25° 51’ Aires at 7:38 pm EST, where the energies of the Scorpio stellium come to a peak. (N.Node/Saturn/Mercury/Part of Fortune, all conjunct, with Mercury and POF being exact)  Although Venus is no longer a part of this, with an Aires Moon in opposition, watch for unbridled independence, and an emotional, impulsive nature. Denoting a time of change, this eclipse will pack a punch because most of the world will be in viewing range.

The following day, October 19, watch for surfacing repressed desires and actions when Mars opposes Neptune.

Then its time to put new projects and contracts on hold when Mercury goes Retrograde on Oct. 21 until Nov. 10

And we end our turbulent month on a positive note on Oct 23 when the Sun moves into Scorpio and trines the Moon in Cancer.  Look for emotional optimism in all social encounters and relationships.

Astrology Update: September 2013

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

An interesting month indeed! With a polarized New and Full moon, emotional juices will flow no matter which side of the political/spiritual fence you are sitting on.  And with Mercury dancing in three signs, relationships may be a little unstable.

We begin on September 1st with two powerful configurations that promote spiritual development and transformation in all aspects of your life. (Pluto trine Sun & Moon/Mars conjunction).

Then on September 5th the New Moon 13° 04’Virgo at 7:36am EST, gives your transformation more momentum with   2 Kites, a Yod, Mystic Rectangle, Grand Cross and a stellium in Virgo.

This New Moon is a huge catharsis toward healing the rifts we have within ourselves and with others, transforming them and then moving toward spiritual development through deep questioning of who we are, and where we are going both as individuals and as a culture.

For you astrology buffs, here are the specific configurations.  2 Kites: Grand Trine: S.Node/Pluto/Sun & Moon, Sextiles: Pluto/N.Node & Chiron + Chiron/S.Node & Pluto, Yod: Uranus quincunx Sun/Moon/N.Node, Sun sextile N. Node, Mystic Rectangle:  S.Node trine Sun/Moon, sextile N.Node trine Chiron, sextile S. Node, Grand Cross:  Nodal opposition and Sun/Moon opposing Chiron, Virgo stellium: Mercury/Part of Fortune/Sun/Moon.

On September 9th, Mercury moves from detailed Virgo to liberating Libra.  Set some time aside for socializing with others.

When Venus enters Scorpio, four weeks on September11, watch out for passionate encounters in your relationships and anger issues.

Transition begins over the next six days preparing us for the polarizing energies of this month’s Full Moon with a Saturn/N.Node conjunction on September 12, Uranus/Mars trine on September 14 and then Saturn/Venus/N. Node conjunction on September 18.  Here we are subjected to a roller coater ride of conforming to the prevailing culture, then rejecting old conditions, followed again by a more conservative approach.

Watch out for this month’s Full Moon on Sept 19th in 26° 41’Pisces at 7:13 am EST!!  Its configurations suggest a huge emotional backlash from the Powers that be.  Configurations are: Grand Cross: (Pluto/Jupiter opposition, and S.Node opposing N.Node/Venus/Saturn), Sun opposing Moon/Part of Fortune, Uranus quincunx Venus/Saturn and Mars square N.Node/Venus/Saturn.

When Pluto turns direct on September 20, see hidden truths revealed.  Sun enters Libra on the 22, giving way to the Fall Equinox. And we end the month with Mercury moving into Scorpio for the next nine weeks on September 29.  This will be a good time for deep, transformative thinking of how to make the world a better place. However, if things are not going your way, be careful not to let depression seep in.
















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.



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.

July 2011 Astrological Eclipse Update

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

On July 1st, we have the 3rd eclipse in a rare cycle of three in a row, (June 1st we had a partial Solar eclipse and June 15th a total Lunar eclipse). This third astrological eclipse takes place on the New Moon at 9º Cancer, and is another partial Solar eclipse that will only be visible from a D-shaped region in the Antarctic Ocean south of Africa.

Although Solar Eclipses tend to bring endings to current life directions and the opening of new doorways, this one may be more potent than usual as it is also in the formation of a Cardinal Grand Cross with the planets of Saturn (10º Libra, Uranus 4º Aries, and Pluto 6º Capricorn).

To work with this configuration we must trust life and ourselves as we deal with the challenges that arise. This period marks a time of unexpected crisis and transformation in the areas of home and work and a time of increasing responsibilities.  The energies of the Saturn and Uranus opposition wrestle with responsibility to others verses the need to do your own thing, while Pluto opposing the Sun and Moon bring up instinctual and survival issues.  With four close squares in this configuration we can expect lot’s of tension and anxiety as we try to figure out what to do. Try not to get lost in your fears as you work with the above themes and reassess your commitments for their long term practicality.

Look to see where this Grand Cross falls in your birthchart for your own personal interpretation, or give me a call for a professional reading, (919) 942-7754.

Summer Eclipses 2010

Friday, July 9th, 2010

What is an eclipse?

In astrology an eclipse is a play between light and shadow and occurs when there is a lunation near one of the moon’s nodes.  Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth comes between the full moon and Sun, so that the earth’s shadow is cast on the moon.  A solar eclipse happens when the new moon comes between the Sun and Earth, and casts a shadow on the Sun.

Ancient cultures all over the world tracked eclipses because they created their calendars based on the lunar cycles.  To establish an accurate calendar, they observed the moon’s movement on a regular basis, by constructing megalithic observatories such as Stonehenge.

Eclipses have always portended momentous change for both personal and mundane events, and their affects last for six months.  The June 26th Partial Lunar Eclipse at 4º46′ Capricorn was no exception, as it was also part of a rare 7 planet Grand Cross configuration.

A Grand Cross is formed when planets literally form a cross pattern in the sky.  The recent configuration included, the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in late degrees of Virgo, Mercury and Sun in Cancer, and Jupiter and Uranus in Aries.

So What Does it all Mean?

There is lot’s of speculation going on amongst astrologers on the internet, without consensus.  In fact, many astrologers insist there is a T square happening, and don’t even recognize the Grand Cross.  So for what it’s worth, here’s what I think.

In keeping with the theme of light and shadow, June’s partial lunar eclipse conjunct Pluto, can personally teach us all, how to passionately clean up our lives literally and figuratively.  We must ask ourselves what personal patterns do we have that are still supporting the old paradigms?  The astrology is demanding that we transform our old, hidden patterns and move deeper into the power of Love & Light.

A Grand Cross is made up of 2 oppositions and 4 squares, all of which denote stress.  The opposition of Sun/Mercury and Moon/Pluto have to do with balancing your conscious thoughts with your unconscious emotions.  While the opposition of Jupiter/Uranus and Saturn, are balancing the need to be head strong, freedom loving, and thrill seeking, with the actions of being grounded, stable, and maintaining the status quo.

Squares denote conflict and challenge and hopefully result in transformation. Specifically the 4 squares in June’s Grand Cross denote the following:

Pluto/Moon square Jupiter/Uranus: Letting the past die to make way for new passionate emotional experiences vs. The creation of new opportunities for expansion and growth.

Pluto/Moon square Saturn: Letting the past die to make way for new passionate emotional experiences vs. Disappointments and heavy responsibilities that can bring depression and a lack of confidence in changing old habits.

Sun/Mercury square Jupiter/Uranus: Harnessing ideas and decisions through will power vs. The need to be free to create new opportunities for expansion and growth.

Sun/Mercury square Saturn: Harnessing ideas and decisions through will power vs. Obstacles to change, and difficulty in maintaining a positive attitude.

However these aspects are affecting us, we must become aware of our own issues surfacing now, and move inward to process the complex energies being brought forth at this time.

July 11th Total Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipses happen on the new moon and signify beginnings, usually manifested as events in the outer world. Those who have the cardinal signs of Cancer, Aries, Libra and Capricorn in their charts around 19 degrees will be most affected by this eclipse.  Remember, the affects of  all eclipses will be felt for 3-6 months after they have occurred.

Here we are all being called to use previously learned skills and talents in new ways and create opportunities in the realm of home and inner security.

The most troublesome squares have disappeared, and have been replaced with positive energies of the Sextile of Sun/Moon to Mars, and trines of  Venus to Pluto and Jupiter/Uranus to Mercury.

Wherever this eclipse falls in our birth charts, we have the opportunity to begin anew.

Do you have any insights about eclipses you would like to share?